CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ


Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

WELL, HERE IT IS, POSTING NUMBER 1,000. Remember that if you comment on this posting, your name will be put into a hat and one name will be selected to win a Starbucks gift card!

______________________________________________________________________   Clearing the Air   In reading over the past 999 posts it occurs to me that I have skirted the issue on some posts, trying not to upset people I know would disagree with me.   It’s been convenient to use euphemisms from time to time to avoid outright disagreement with people.   Reading over […]

PROSELYTIZE: to induce someone to convert to one's faith. (

I have been watching closely the reports of the Vatican having offered “free entrance” to unhappy Anglicans/Episcopalians who want to become Roman Catholics. As I understand it, even Priests and unmarried Bishops of the Anglican/Episcopal Church can be received and function as Priests and Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church. The factor that seems prominent […]